Long Islander's Blog – September 2016 Archive (16)

Why Your Town Must Create a Wind Ordinance

John Droz, Jr. on How to Succeed in the Wind Energy Fight…

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Added by Long Islander on September 30, 2016 at 1:00am — 36 Comments

BDN - Maine Turbine critics weigh in on proposed rules for future wind power development

n 2008, Maine’s Legislature passed the Wind Energy Act, which established state policy around wind farm developments. Some areas of the policy were left more open than others, and the state gave the Maine Department of Environmental Protection authority to set more specific rules in the future.

“The new rules will provide us more guidance when we review an application” for a proposed wind development, said Mark Bergeron, director of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau…

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Added by Long Islander on September 22, 2016 at 9:48am — 3 Comments

Today Was the Day New England Clean Energy Contracts Were To Have Been Completely Executed

Maine's environment as we know it stands to be tremendously and irreversibly despoiled by he New England Clean Energy RFP, which ultimately arises from the corrupt windpower-owned state legislatures in Mass-Ct-RI. Their timetable, published earlier this year, specifies that all contracts were to be executed by today, 9/22/16.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 22, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

Mammoth Maine Wind Projects May be in Mammoth Trouble (BDN)

The wind spinmeisters spin away as they attempt to convince us that their project is inevitable and resistance is futile - and as they try and signal to investors and other constituencies that "there is nothing here to see, just keep moving". 

The bigger they are the harder they fall - seen a wooly mammoth lately?

"The transmission connections would be in areas that “were not designed or…

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Added by Long Islander on September 21, 2016 at 11:46am — 3 Comments

DEP Wind Energy Law Public Workshop, Wed 9/21 9 am-12 noon

As Gary Campbell wrote the other day "I can't overstate how important this meeting will be. It will shape how DEP evaluates & decides wind permits for years to come. You'd better believe every wind developer, wind lawyer, construction crew, hack, crony and wind shill will be there!"…

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Added by Long Islander on September 20, 2016 at 5:30am — 6 Comments

Saving Maine’s dark skies (BDN)

Time to start communicating with groups trying to protect the night sky.

The eighth Acadia Night Sky Festival will run Thursday, Sept. 22, through Sunday, Sept. 25, with a full schedule of events planned throughout Mount Desert Island.......Kicking off the popular star party this year, Chad Moore, founder of the National Park Service’s Dark Skies Team, will be giving a presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24,…

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Added by Long Islander on September 18, 2016 at 8:58pm — 1 Comment

John Baldacci's Wind Company Avangrid to Renege on Promise?

Ex-Governor Baldacci, the father of the heinous Maine wind law is of course Vice-Chair of subsidy-seeker Avangrid, the second largest wind company in America. As Maine falls prey to foreign interlopers, is Mr. Baldacci patting himself on the back for his incredible fore$ight? 

John Baldacci's ascendance to Vice Chair of Iberdrola's Avangrid was announced quietly in a mid-December 2016 SEC filing (FORM…

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Added by Long Islander on September 16, 2016 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

BDN - National Park Service hears from stakeholders about North Woods monument

As the National Park Service meets its neighbors in the area east of Katahdin, hopefully they become aware of those neighbors who would like to welcome in scores of mammoth 500-600' tall flashing industrial wind turbines which would surely despoil views from the new monument as well as from Baxter State Park.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 15, 2016 at 9:50pm — No Comments

New Maine wind project owner arrives amid fight over proposed site in Moosehead region (PPH)

These projects are in various stages of development. In Maine, Somerset Wind is a 26-turbine proposal near Moosehead Lake that’s rated at 85 megawatts. It has no permits, but according to SunEdison’s submission in the New England Clean Energy RFP, it’s “one of the most attractive sites in the Northeast for its combination of scale and quality of wind resource.”...........

In June, Pattern Energy Group…

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Added by Long Islander on September 15, 2016 at 9:00am — 11 Comments

Baxter State Park Alarmed With Viewshed Concerns About Significant Structures and Night Lighting

In an open letter to the newly created Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument (KWWNM) to the east of Katahdin and Baxter State Park, BSP Director Jensen Bissell has expressed his concerns about the new monument's effect on views from Baxter State Park. Specifically, Jensen writes he is "particularly concerned with the addition of significant structures that may be visible from Katahdin, and from the impact of night lighting in the currently very night-sky-friendly area east of the…

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Added by Long Islander on September 15, 2016 at 12:29am — 9 Comments

Vaclav Smil: A Critical Look at Claims for Green Technologies

Green technologies are not yet proved, affordable, or deployable—but even if they were, it would still take them generations to solve our environmental problems

By Vaclav Smil

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Added by Long Islander on September 14, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

BDN: Baxter Park director frets about new monument next door including scenic impacts

"Night lighting and buildings that interfere with Baxter’s viewshed also should be avoided, Bissell wrote". 

If a small visitor center in the national monument impacts the Baxter State Park viewshed, what about the 500' + tall wind turbines planned for just a few miles east of the monument? They would be far more visible than a small building and would impair views in both Baxter State Park and the national monument.…

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Added by Long Islander on September 14, 2016 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Portland Press Herald Runs Major Shill Piece for Wind

The article seems to candy coat wind energy, never mentioning wind's huge problems including massive transmission costs, lack of grid scale electricity storage, lack of dispatchability, highly destructive environmental impacts, highly deleterious human impacts, harm to wildlife, future decommissioning nightmares, loss of property values, transmogrification of viewsheds, community divisiveness, diversion of attention from true energy research and growing worldwide opposition to wind…

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Added by Long Islander on September 13, 2016 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Vermont Gubernatorial Candidate Calls for Ban on Ridgeline Wind Development

He added that if he wins the election he would use an executive order to stop new projects. Such a moratorium would likely last for as long as Scott remains in office..........Other concerns discussed at the gathering included the project’s impact on property values, wildlife, water runoff, turbine noise and more. Numerous residents noted that the rocky landscape would carry sound to more homes. Others said the use of renewable energy credits would cancel out any green benefits to the…

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Added by Long Islander on September 11, 2016 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Aroostook County: Power Purchasing Agreement for Number Nine Wind Project Terminated

Please see Dan McKay's comment below.

"The Maine DEP is proposing a rule change in the tangible benefit section "Evidence of a power purchase agreement or other agreement to distribute the electricity."  This would open the door to revealing how Maine is being used to comply with other state laws while corrupting the state's landscape......................................" (See Comment section)

Aroostook County: Power Purchasing Agreement for Number Nine Wind…

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Added by Long Islander on September 9, 2016 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

PPH - Rhode Islanders Reject Wind as Their Wind Energy Mandates Foist it on Mainers

Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live......Rhode Island is tiny and densely populated. And people who like the idea of wind energy in the abstract rarely want it near their own backyards, …

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Added by Long Islander on September 5, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

******** IF LINKS BELOW DON'T WORK, GOOGLE THEM*********

(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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